Getting Around

Hiring a car in the UAE is simple…when you know how!


A spread out, elongated city, driving is essential to get the most out of the city. To hire a car in the UAE, you’ll need to provide the following:

  • An international driving license
  • Passport and visa copy
  • A valid credit card (some rental providers will accept cash payment but a credit card is still required for pre-authorization purposes)

If you’re on a tourist visa, your international driving license will be accepted – if you’re on a residence visa, you’ll need to use a local driving license. If the driver has a GCC passport, then their GCC national license will be accepted. There are also 27 countries that will allow you to use your national driver’s license in the UAE including the UK, USA, Germany, South Africa, Australia, Canada, Spain and more – check with your rental company in advance.

If you hold a residence visa, then you’ll need a local driving license to rent a car in Dubai. If you’ve held it for less than a year, you’ll have to produce your national driver’s license. You must be over 21 years old and less than 75 years old, and over 25 if you want to hire a high end performance car.

You’ll need to pay the cost of Salik – the toll bridges set along Sheikh Zayed Road, set at AED 5 per crossing. Check that your vehicle is covered with full comprehensive insurance – it’s likely that you’ll need to take out Personal Accident Insurance. You’ll need to check if a Collision Damage Waiver is included, and what the excess liability fee is.

Confused about the difference between comprehensive and third party insurance? Click here to find out more!

Once you have your car, you’re able to travel across the UAE, but you’ll need to check with your car rental provider if you can drive in neighbouring countries like Oman or Saudi Arabia.

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